Swedish free-lance journalist and IT entrepreneur Thomas WennstrÃm made an interview with TPB spokesperson Peter Sunde earlier today: http://www.whatsnext.se/2009/06/30/podcast-with-peter-sunde-on-the-ggfs-accquisition-of-the-pirate-bay/
Sweden is often regarded as the success of democratic socialism, but there are lots of problems. Treatment queues are long and expensive treatment is often denied. There are companies whose business plan is to fly swedes to Poland to get medical treatment and/or dental care because the queues are too long in Sweden. In most cases it's even illegal to pay for medical care out of your own pocket, because "it wouldn't be fair". It's better to let people die than having them pay for medical care if they can afford it. People paying for care step out of the line, so those who cannot afford to pay the cost themselves get treatment quicker. But we couldn't do that here in Sweden - that would be neoliberal, and that's the devil.
Still, the highest octane rating in the US is 91 (the highest I've seen anyway) and the equivalent European octane rating is 95. 95 is the _lowest_ octane rating in Europe (or at least in Sweden). We also have 96 and 98 at every gas station.
cheezitmike writes "According to a story in the Washington Post, 'Maryland and Virginia are going old school after Tuesday's election. Maryland will scrap its $65 million electronic system and go back to paper ballots in time for the 2010 midterm elections. In Virginia, localities are moving to paper after the General Assembly voted last year to phase out electronic voting machines as they wear out. "The battle for the hearts and minds of voters on whether electronic systems are good or bad has been lost," Brace said. The academics and computer scientists who said they were unreliable "have won that battle."'"
I am white european male in my mid-twenties, I look like the average dude. On my vacation to the US in june this year, I hade to turn on my macbook in three of the six security checks we passed through (we covered a handful of states during the trip). They wasn't interested in any of the content though, they just wanted to see it running. But being a caucasian white man in tidy clothes isn't enough to be safe.